IMPACS Research

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The Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (IMPACS) has a vibrant research environment. The research of the Institute is organised within research groups. We actively encourage close inter-group working, giving a high degree of coherence to the Institute's research.

The Times Higher Education (THE) has ranked the Aberystwyth Computer Science department as 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales

  • The Advanced Reasoning Group is well known for its ground-breaking work on automated diagnosis and failure analysis, and its invention of fuzzy-rough techniques for knowledge model formulation and simplification.
  • The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Group conducts research in areas such as data analysis of large scale biological data, formalisation of biological data, biomedical informatics, genetics, pharmacogenomics and systems biology.
  • The Intelligent Robotics Group is one of the largest and best-known robotics groups in the UK, and is involved in both national and international research consortia from novel computational models to space missions to Mars.  It focuses on both software and hardware issues that are key to "unconstrained environments''.
  • Vision, Graphics and Visualisation Group The focus of the group is on: (medical) image analysis and understanding; extraction of the structure of complex objects; appearance-based methods to provide mobile robots with various capabilities including topological mapping and pose stabilisation; analysis of multi-spectral satellite data for environmental purposes.
  • The interests of the Mathematical Modelling of Structures, Solids and Fluids group cover diverse problems in solid and fluid mechanics and mathematical analysis.
  • The Quantum Structures, Information and Control group works in the area of quantum systems in interaction with their environment, and in particular the emergent field of quantum control engineering.
  • The Algebraic Combinatorics group is active in design theory, coding theory and the representation theory of Weyl groups and associated Hecke algebras.
  • The Statistic Group's interests include the application of statistical shape analysis to biological data sets and the statistical analysis of high-dimensional biological data sets.
  • The Solar System Physics group studies the chain of events leading from the Sun, through the solar wind, to the atmospheres and surfaces of the planets.
  • In the Materials Research group, advanced experimental techniques are applied in parallel with mathematical and computational modelling to elucidate the critical relationships that determine material properties of glasses, ceramics, semiconductors, nanoparticles and thin films.